Franz Beckenbauer, then president of Germany’s World Cup organising committee, holds a golden soccer ball during a presentation at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin  in April 2006. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/Reuters

Franz Beckenbauer, the first man to win the World Cup as a player and manager, is facing a criminal investigation in Switzerland on suspicion of fina(...)

Fifa’s ethics committee has recommended a two-year ban from all football activities for former German FA president Wolfgang Niersbach. Photograph: Getty

Fifa’s ethics committee has recommended a two-year ban from all football activities for former German FA president Wolfgang Niersbach for an alleged b(...)

Fifa acting president Issa Hayatou: “These reforms are moving Fifa towards improved governance, greater transparency and more accountability.” Photograph:  Alessandro Della Bella/Bloomberg

Fifa will continue to consider the expansion of the World Cup to 40 teams from 2026 – but a final decision has been deferred following Thursday’s exe(...)

 Franz Beckenbauer has been under growing pressure to explain his part in Germany’s 2006 World Cup scandal amidst reports of a document pointing the finger at the legendary player and coach. Photograph: Getty Images

Franz Beckenbauer, the former World Cup-winning player and coach at the heart of a scandal surrounding the 2006 tournament, is unhappy with the German(...)

Franz Beckenbauer: German MP Oezcan Mutlu, who is a member of the parliamentary committee on sport, said Beckenbauer “needs to  answer questions”. Photograph: Marc Mueller/EPA

Pressure on Franz Beckenbauer to explain payments and provide answers over a 2006 World Cup scandal grew on Tuesday, a day after the president of Germ(...)

Authorities have raided the headquarters of the German FA on suspicion of tax evasion relating to the 2006 World Cup. Photograph: Reuters

German authorities searched the premises of the country’s football federation, the DFB, on Tuesday over payments made to Fifa in connection with the 2(...)

Michel Platini could announce as early as this week that he will stand for Fifa president after receiving backing from four out of the six confederations. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Four out of six continental soccer confederations would back Uefa president Michel Platini if he stands for Fifa president, a source close to European(...)

Philipp Lahm: “It is the right time for me. I have totally enjoyed my time with the national team.”

Germany captain Philipp Lahm has quit international soccer just days after leading his side to World Cup victory in Brazil.“It is the right time for (...)